Firefighters across Massachusetts worked Sunday to extinguish several brush fires in the central and western part of the state, with a 15-acre blaze burning in Hopkinton, a 15-acre fire in Holyoke, and a 5-acre fire in Monson, according to local fire departments. The flames in Hopkinton began about noon near Clinton Street and spread wildly by 4 p.m. across what officials believed was 40 acres. However, State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said a GPS tracking of the fire found it to be spread across 15 acres. The National Weather Service said the dry, warm weather probably exacerbated the fires, but noted that relatively low wind speeds prevented the flames from spreading. An average of 1,400 brush fires have been reported in Massachusetts during each of the past five Aprils, according to the state fire marshal.
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